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British Cycling sexism review to be directed by three-woman panel

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 13:09
• Independent report comes after departure of Shane Sutton
• Remit to include ‘all forms of discrimination and bullying’

The independent review launched into allegations of sexism within British Cycling following the departure of Shane Sutton as technical director will be directed by a three-woman panel, chaired by the British Rowing head, Annamarie Phelps, with input from the UK Sport CEO, Liz Nichol, and the British Cycling nonexecutive director Marian Lauder CBE.

The review is expected to conclude after the Rio Olympics and its remit will include “all forms of discrimination and bullying” and “fundamental behavioural issues within the climate and culture of British Cycling’s world class programme”. The report’s key findings and recommendations will be made public by both UK Sport and British Cycling, while “ensuring confidentiality for those who have provided information” said a joint statement from the two bodies.

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Vroum Vroum Mag wins at Punchestown

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 13:07
Vroum Vroum Mag proves an able replacement for Annie Power as she wins the Punchestown Champion Hurdle for Willie Mullins.

Shane Sutton saga: 10 key questions for British Cycling to answer

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 13:05

A week of crisis has left British Cycling with much to address about its alleged culture of fear, its future structure, the role of Dave Brailsford and what it means for the Rio Games

It is important to note that had the sprinter Jess Varnish not opened the floodgates a week ago, Sutton would probably still be in post. Famously, British Cycling is not a comfortable place to be as an athlete, but there is a fine line between robust coaching based on direct speaking and actual bullying based on verbal abuse and the past week has indicated that Sutton stepped over that line at times.

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Vettel handed five-place grid penalty

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 13:02
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is handed a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix owing to a gearbox change.

Manchester United v Leicester City: match preview

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 13:00

History beckons for Leicester City as they can clinch the Premier League title with victory against Manchester United. It would be a fairytale ending for Claudio Ranieri’s side who will have to cope without Jamie Vardy again after his suspension was extended. However, United will be looking to spoil the party as they have their own ambitions of securing a top-four finish. Bradley Lobo

Kick-off Sunday 2.05pm

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Horse racing tips: Saturday 30 April

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:57
Captain Peacock (5.10) at Goodwood is the day’s best bet


5.15 Willsy 5.45 Kibaar 6.15 Maximian 6.45 Another Angel 7.15 Another Touch 7.45 Rock On Bollinski 8.15 Parnell’s Dream

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Mauricio Pochettino extends Tottenham contract to 2021 – video

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:57

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino extends his contract until 2021, saying the potential for the team is ‘massive’. Pochettino says he hopes Manchester United can hold Leicester City at Old Trafford on Sunday, as Spurs maintain the belief that they can win the title

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Claudio Ranieri hails 'once in a lifetime' title chance for Leicester City – video

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:55

Claudio Ranieri says Leicester City’s title chance is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity, but that next season the team will continue to fight at the top of the table. Ranieri thanked reporters at the press conference on Friday, shaking hands and joking with the crowd

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Louis van Gaal: Manchester United can postpone Leicester City’s party

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:49
• United have won six of last seven matches as they chase top four
• Leicester can win league with victory at Old Trafford on Sunday

Manchester United can postpone Leicester’s party but not spoil it, according to Louis van Gaal. The Foxes travel to Old Trafford on Sunday where victory would give them a first Premier League title.

United are also desperate for three points to close the five-point gap to Arsenal and Manchester City as they chase Champions League qualification. Van Gaal’s side have finally found some consistent form, claiming victory in six of their last seven matches to keep the pressure on in the league and reach the FA Cup final. Leicester are unbeaten in nine and the United manager has no doubt that they will end up lifting the trophy, with games against Everton and Chelsea still to come.

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FA Cup final to kick-off at 17:30 BST

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:46
The FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace on 21 May, which will be shown live on BBC One, will kick-off at 17:30 BST.

Watford v Aston Villa: match preview

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:35

Aston Villa’s relegation was the worst kept secret in football until it was mercifully confirmed a couple of weeks ago. The real sub-plot surrounding this fixture is the future of Quique Sánchez Flores. The Spaniard guided Watford to an FA Cup semi-final and they sit safely in 12th place but just two wins in their past 11 league games has seemingly brought cause for concern from the club’s owners. Bradley Lobo

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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F1 Russia Grand Prix: local hero Daniil Kvyat the main draw for Sochi audience

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:32
Kvyat and Vitaly Petrov are the only two competitive F1 drivers Russia has produced, but as the sport grows some dare to dream of a new nation of Michael Schumachers

There is nothing like coming in to a home grand prix on the back of a podium from an adrenaline-fuelled race, while carrying the edge from a spat with a four-times world champion. Russia’s local hero Daniil Kvyat is riding just such a wave here.

His third place and second career podium, at the last round in China, began with a scythe up the inside of Sebastian Vettel at turn one. It was legitimate but Vettel was still fuming at the end of the race. Local fans would doubtless be delighted to see the same again on Sunday but they can expect more in the future, indeed some dare to dream of a new nation of Michael Schumachers.

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Hales has no regrets over rest

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:25
England opener Alex Hales says he has no regrets over resting from Nottinghamshire's first two matches of the season.

Lizzie Armitstead uses Tour de Yorkshire to warm up for Rio Olympics

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:22

• World champion not expecting to win race starting in hometown of Otley
• Armitstead has won four of her seven races this season

For Lizzie Armitstead, this has been a heady spring, resplendent in the world champion’s rainbow stripes, and notching up a hit-rate of victories that is astonishing, taken as a proportion of races started. The Yorkshirewoman has ridden seven races this season and won four, culminating in a tight victory in one of her major career targets, the Tour of Flanders, in early April.

Related: Shane Sutton row puts spotlight on sexism in cycling

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Scottish Premiership match previews

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:21
Celtic can wrap up the title this weekend, while Kilmarnock look to make up ground on Hamilton at the bottom end of the table.

FIFA ethics panel bans Bahamas’ Havens for five years

Stabroek - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:20
ZURICH,  (Reuters) – FIFA’s ethics watchdog today banned former Caribbean Football Union executive Lionel Haven from soccer for five years for failing to disclose information related to...

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Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:18

Tottenham’s dreams of a first league title in 55 years may have already been dashed by the time they kick off at Stamford Bridge on Monday. A disappointing draw at home to West Brom put the Premier League trophy on a silver platter for Leicester. If Claudio Ranieri’s side fail to win at Old Trafford, Spurs will need to get three points at the home of the reigning champions. However, Chelsea fans and players have expressed a desire to see their London rivals fail in their title pursuit so the Blues will be fired up for this match. Bradley Lobo

Kick-off Monday 8pm

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Cost-cutting F1 rules approved for 2017

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:16
Formula 1 bosses agree a set of rules until 2020 aimed at reducing the cost of engines and ensuring their performance converges.

Aberdeen v Motherwell

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:14
Aberdeen seek to arrest a run of Premiership defeats against Motherwell, who have won six of their last seven.

Gov’t seems powerless, weak on crime – Berbice Chambers

Stabroek - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:10
The Central Corentyne and Berbice Chambers of Commerce have pilloried the government over the crime situation saying it seems “powerless, ineffectual, and out of (its)  league” in addressing the...

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